Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 9, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 9, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.

Additionally, we will keep you informed of Nevada primary election results and updates as they become available on our website and through additional e-mail correspondence. Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

Nevada Primary Election Updates

Nevada Primary Numbers – Numbers released by the Nevada Secretary of State’s office Tuesday with total voter turnout via mail-in ballots and in-person voting as of 4:00 p.m. show that 22.7-percent of registered voters have voted in the primary, nearly tied for 2018 primary turnout. These numbers are only preliminary, with continuous turnout expected to be calculated over the next 10 days, and final numbers released June 19. In total, 365,063 voters mailed in their ballots, with 4,409 voting in person, the vast majority Republicans.

Initial results are anticipated to be released tonight at 8:30. Our Government Affairs & Advocacy team will be updating our website with results late Tuesday, with full first day totals to be posted Wednesday morning.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Directive 022 – Governor Steve Sisolak signed a directive Tuesday allowing local schools districts, charter schools, and private schools to reopen for Summer learning and activities, after schools have been shuttered for the last three months. While still implementing Phase 2 safety protocols, the directive allows for local districts to re-open facilities and offer in-person instruction beginning at 12:01 a.m. June 10. Additionally, the directive requires for districts, charter schools, and private schools to develop plans for reopening facilities for the 2020-2021 school year to be approved by the Nevada Department of Education at least 20 days before the first day of the school year. Those plans must fall in line with Nevada’s Path Forward: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to School Buildings, which was designed to support local efforts to adapt and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as potential future emergencies. Additionally, the directive allows for school athletic fields and facilities to reopen in accordance with guidance from the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA). You can find more information on the new directive here.

250,000 Face Masks for Vulnerable Population – Nevada’s COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, led by former MGM CEO Jim Murren, announced Tuesday the partnership with a Las Vegas company Eagle Promotions to create 250,000 Nevada flag face masks. The masks will be given to United Way to distribute to vulnerable populations throughout the state. Distributing the masks is part of a campaign to encourage Nevadans to wear face coverings in public, which according to studies funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) reduces the chance of an individual to contract COVID-19 by 78-percent. According to the Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force’s website, $12.1-million has been raised by the group since March 27.

Redistricting Ballot Petition Calls Upon Governor – Fair Maps Nevada, the group behind the initiative petition to establish a bi-partisan redistricting commission in Nevada, reached an agreement Monday with the Secretary of State’s office, extending the deadline for the submission of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot until Monday, August 3. The original deadline was June 24. The group had filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and other local election officials, arguing that the strict deadline amidst the stay-at-home orders put in place due to COVID-19 made it virtually impossible to collect enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot and thus violated their constitutional rights. While the original extension of the deadline has been granted, the group also asked for the ability to gather signatures electronically, which was denied. Fair Maps Nevada is now calling up Governor Steve Sisolak to “use his discretionary authority” to issue an executive order to allow for the ability to gather signatures electronically instead of having to rely on the current “unsafe in-person signature process,” citing the potential of spreading COVID-19. Backers of the initiative must gather 97,598 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada – The number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada surpassed 10,000 as of Tuesday, following an increase of 244 cases in the past 24 hours, the third largest jump in new cases since the state began reporting in March. Nevada also saw its largest jump in COVID-19 testing, after 9,325 tests were conducted on Monday. A total of 211,157 tests have been conducted in Nevada, an indicator of why the number of cases rose dramatically.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

  • There are 10,040 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 232 cases from Friday
  • Nevada has reported 445 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up three (3) cases from Friday
  • 211,157 people have been tested
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

Better Preparedness for the Next Pandemic – The Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Lamar Alexander (R), released a set of proposals Tuesday aimed at beefing up the nation’s ability to respond to a future public health crisis. The paper, entitled “Preparing for the Next Pandemic,” identifies five priorities the federal government should address, while not pointing any fingers at the current landscape and lack of preparedness in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those priorities are:

  • Accelerate research and development of tests, treatments, and vaccines
  • Expand disease surveillance capability
  • Rebuild the strategic national stockpile
  • Beef up state and local public health departments
  • Improve coordination of federal agencies during a public health emergency

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